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L.A. Clippers Game 6 Collapse: What Went Wrong?

 

 

A tale of two games, the first was from the tip off through the Clippers holding an eight point lead with eight minutes to go. The second was a game dominated by the Memphis Grizzlies, leading to a win (90-88) and a forced game 7 in Memphis. What went wrong? Let’s take a look at a couple areas.

ZACH RANDOLPH and MARC GASOL

There has been a lot of talk over dominating the front line of this series. The “comeback” started with a Zach Randolph offensive rebound and escalated with a Marc Gasol assist to Randolph for an easy dunk with 2:53 remaining. Randolph finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds. From the Clippers side, well let’s discuss that now…

COMPOSURE and FOCUS

Blake Griffin hit four free throws down the stretch; however, his body language was awful. In fact the Clippers didn’t look like they were in a playoff battle, but rather the end of a back-to-back in January. How is this possible? You can point to injuries, but that’s not a valid excuse in the playoffs. Plus, there is NO excuse for getting beat down the court AFTER made free throws, this happened twice in the closing minutes.

 

 

CHRIS PAUL

This was Chris Paul’s biggest game of his career. Was the weight of the game too much? Are his injuries bothering to the point of decreasing his driving capabilities? During the final minutes we watched Paul drive numerous times and lose the ball. This is uncharacteristic and was quite shocking to see. To make matters worse, Mike Conley turned in a nice game for Memphis, hitting 3-5 from behind the arc, including a clutch three at 4:35. The good news for Paul is that this Sunday will now be Chris Paul’s biggest game of his career!

The NBA loves a series that goes the distance and the L.A. Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies this Sunday is must see TV. Will the Clippers overcome their past and will Chris Paul have a say in writing a new chapter? Not if Zach Randolph has a say. See you there.

 

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By: David. S. Grant
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer
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